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I am so thrilled that Rolling Stone is debuting ‘Nice To Be Back Home’ today. It’s the song that kicks off my new album Bright Lights, Long Drives, First Words and it’s also the very first song we’re releasing out into the world.

I wrote the song about balancing life on the road and life at home but I think most people can relate. Even at the end of the most wonderful vacation, it’s nice to come back home. Hopefully, your everyday life is the actual dream. I chose it to kick off the record because it evokes the feeling I want to be associated with. When you come to my shows, I hope you leave feeling uplifted, connected, happy. And when you turn on my record, I want you to get your Nora Jane fix right away.

Check it out and let me know what you think. I hope you love it, and that it makes you feel at home.

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Today I am excited to announce that I am releasing a new studio album in February and you can come be a part of it on Kickstarter.  The title is Bright Lights, Long Drives, First Words … because I like to keep it short and catchy!

This is my 9th studio album and as an independent artist, though the record is finished, my work is just beginning.  It takes a lot of hard work, and money to put this record into the hands of people who can help it get heard by a wider audience.  My community has always been my record label … YOU ARE THE RECORD LABEL.

When you back this album on Kickstarter you can choose from a passel of different reward levels and EVERYONE who backs it gets their name in the liner notes…as a part of the artwork.  I’ve got a vision for it and it’s gonna be SWEET.

Our goal is to raise $40,000 in 33 days.  Come check out the Kickstarter page, find a reward that is exciting to you, and become a part of the record.  And friends, you’re always so good at helping me spread the word about upcoming shows and new music with your community…I know I can count on you to spread this campaign around to your music-loving friends, family, colleagues, pets, etc…

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Our sweet daughter Annabell Jane Overton was born 11 days early, on Dec 22nd at 2:15am. She is such a love. Joe and Annabell and I have been nestled in our little home since Christmas Eve, enjoying getting to know each other. So far she’s shown us a calm and gentle temperament and she eats like a champ, for which I am wildly grateful. It was a challenging birthing, with several twists and turns: 24 hours of unmedicated labor, followed by 18 hours with the relief of an epidural, culminating in an emergency c-section. I’m healing well and loving every minute with our girl and Joe is the most wonderful daddy, as any who’ve met him might guess. We’ve been supported by Joe’s family here in Nashville who brought a full and delightful Christmas to our house (along with a very welcome supply of meals and treats) and my sister who flew out from New York to meet her wee-niece, cook us delicious food, and help us get some extra naps. Joe and I feel beyond fortunate to be able to take the next two months to stay home with Annabell and look forward to the new challenges that our musical ever-touring lifestyle will bring come March. We so look forward to start introducing her to our community but in the mean time, boy-oh-boy does it feel good to be home in these early days as a family of three.

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We were absolutely blown away by this incredible review of Champion on NPR’s “Fresh Air” – a HUGE thank you to Ken Tucker for the kind words. We laughed out loud as his description of, uh, well … “a song about a time-specific conjugal assignation” (‘Let’s Get the Day Started Right’). And this is so wonderful: “Nora Jane Struthers has one of those strong, clear voices that cuts across the grain of a melody with a bracing sharpness…Nervier, thornier than most of the Americana I force myself to listen to.” Really, just check the whole thing out because it’s SO GOOD, y’all.

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